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Alex Rodriguez will sit out rest of season

The veteran will not be signing with the Marlins, or any other club.

Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images

Alex Rodriguez will not play again this season, according to his publicist, Ron Berkowitz:

“I want to put all this talk to rest about Alex playing for any team this season. It’s not happening. Like he said Friday night, he is happy and he is going to take some time to relax and hang with his family and friends.”

Berkowitz did not close the door on a return engagement next season for Rodriguez, who was recently released by the Yankees and signed to an advisory role in what was touted as a retirement announcement. Rumors have swirled that Rodriguez could end up with the Marlins before the end of the season, though today’s statement will put that to rest.

Rodriguez, a Miami native, hit just .200 with nine home runs for the Yankees this year, and is now limited to a role as a designated hitter. Some have speculated that the 14-time All-Star could join a National League team as a first baseman, though that may have to wait until next year.